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Anna-Lisa Lindén

Anna-Lisa Linden

Professor emerita

Anna-Lisa Lindén

Public Transport as a Common Good - Problems for children and women


  • Anna-Lisa Lindén

Summary, in English

Public transport plays a major role in sustainable development of urban areas. However, transportation and infrastructure have to be efficient and in line with the wishes and demand of passengers. Local people have knowledge and experiences of the quality of services they want. When locals are involved, they include grass-root knowledge about ecology, environment, local livelihood problems and resource mobilization in planning processes. In this presentation the travel situation of children and women will be focused. The study was undertaken in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, during 2003-2005. Six residential areas were chosen for detailed study of the infrastructure and public transport. These were Mikocheni, Kawe, Ilala, Tabata, Kurasini and Mbagala. A great number of politicians, planners and officials in ministries, municipalities and the police were interviewed. Over three hundred households in the six housing areas were interviewed and fifteen in-depth interviews were undertaken with parents to school children, teachers and principals.

Hitherto the influence of the grass-roots on the planning is very limited. The study in Dar-es-Salaam has shown that there is a weak involvement of citizens in transport planning and there are few mechanisms working to get them involved. Extremely weak is the involvement of women and students in the planning processes that could lead to immediate improvements of transport. Especially school children belong to a marginalized group of passengers. As customers traveling with ‘daladala’ buses every day they have a lot of knowledge and experience, which could be used to improve the service. This study analyses the travel situation for women and children, their use of public transport as a service product, the obstacles and negative treatment they face daily. The travel situation has negative impacts on their daily life and not least for their performance at school.

The study has shown that women and parents of school children have a strong wish to transmit their experience and knowledge to planners and to participate in planning for public transportation if they were given the opportunity.


  • Sociologi








  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • Dar-es-Salaam
  • children
  • problems
  • sociology
  • sociologi
  • public transport
  • women

Conference name

The 3:rd conference on FUTURE URBAN TRANSPORT

Conference date

2006-04-03 - 2006-04-05

Conference place

Gothenburg, Sweden




  • Urban Public Transport in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania


  • Sustainability and Development Studies